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, the kind of thing they get done as a matter of course. under house speaker john boehner, not shutting down the government has become a notable achievement for this congress. mozzletop on that. a low bar. >>> house republicans also voted today again for the paul ryan budget. democrats are very excited about that because they plan to use that vote against republicans in campaign ads for the next election. we have the one and only ezra klein here momentarily to sort out what's important about what they just voted on in congress and whether we just avoided one of the cliff slash ceilings clash crisis congress now schedules for us every few weeks and whether the way they avoided this next one is itself important. there's a lot going on in the news. we have a lot ahead. we begin tonight with late breaking and rather surprising news from the democratic leader in the senate, senator harry reid. following two days of angry response from california senator dianne feinstein, she had been very publicly disappointed and angry harry reid was not going move her assault weapons ban to the senate floor as
't allow it. >> i want to ask but something else that happened today john boehner using colorful language. >> use of the word ass, that word ass. >> get off his ass. >> use of the word like that inappropriate or fine? >> coming out of the ass. >> of the ass. [laughter] >> jon: he said ass. (bleep). [cheers and applause] i'm sorry but when did the tough edged corporate media become such delicate flowers. oh, you said the word regret and i'm afraid for my life and now that dreadful orange man is speaking in vulgarities. send me the smelling salts so i can shove them up my ass. for godsakes this is elderly mormon harry reid's reaction. >> i was raised in a little town that had 13 brothels in it so i'm used to some pretty salty language. >> jon: admit it, when he started with raised in, you were thinking district mormon household or an era that was more civil. but he was when i was a kid it was all whorehouses. it was just ass, assass, you feel me, right? maybe my favorite treatment is how our friend as the a certain morning show dealt wit. >> we should not have to move a third bill when the
speaker an rising star, senator ted cruz. taking on party elder, john mccain. >> we did have a certain eminence greze of the republican party describe rand paul and me as wackobirds. if standing for liberty and standing for the constitution makes you a wackabird, count me a proud wackabird. >> everyone's favorite, rand paul, did win cpac straw poll, by the way. when it wasn't those two wackobirds, it was an angry bird, ann coulter, going after chris christie. >> cpac had to cut back on its speakers this year by about 300 pounds. >> stay classy, mrs. coulter. remember, republicans are working hard to win over women voters. after all, they gave the longest speaking segment of all at cpac to freedom-loving, soda-drinker, sarah palin, who lobbed a verbal spit ball right at bush's brain, karl rove. >> these experts who keep losing elections, keep getting rehired, raking in millions, buck up or stay in the truck. buck up and run. the architects can head on back to -- they can head on back to the great lone star state and put their name on some ballot. >> rove responded that he didn't think i
, overseas, on the heels of tough talk in iraq, secretary of state john kerry gets ready for a face-to-face meeting with president karzai in afghanistan. we'll go live to kabul in just a minute. >>> and back at home, the biggest voices in the gun debate square off as congress gets ready to consider changes that have both sides up in arms. >> good morning from mason middle school in mason, ohio. today is monday, march 25th, 2013. and this is "the daily rundown." >> our thanks to the eighth graders at mason middle school in ohio. even that kid lying down. that would have been me in eighth grade. good morning to all of you. i'm chris alizza in for chuck todd this morning. secretary of state john kerry is in afghanistan on a previously unannounced appearance in the war zone. the second stop on a solo trip that took him to iraq over the weekend. but this was no photo op. kerry took the opportunity to have what he called a spirited discussion with iraqi leaders about their failure to stop or even inspect daily flights from iran, carrying weapons to the syrian army through iraqi air space.
this week when ohio governor john kasich who i liked changed his position on gay civil unions. let's watch what he said. >> rob portman made news this past week with his position on gay marriage and changing it because of his son coming out. could you ever see a position, a time when you yourself might change your position? >> i really can't see one. i mean, i talked to rob and encouraged him, and, you know, if people want to have civil unions and have some way to transfer the resources i'm for that. i just think marriage is between a man and a woman, but if you want to have a civil union, that's fine with me. >> twice he said that one answer it's okay to have civil unions and gay marriage and civil unions are no small matter in ohio. in 2004, a ballot measure out in the general election amending the ohio constitution to outright ban gay marriage and civil unions and that was with the evangelical vote, and that's w.'s favor and winning him the presidential election with john kerry. it was a huge issue in 2004 and it was against gay marriage and civil unions. the cleveland playing dealer wa
. ohio governor john kasich said he's in civil unions. one day later the staffer said he didn't mean that. what? he did mean it, he wasn't allowed to say it. in today's gop, if you're not far right, you're wrong. also we learned today that newt gingrich and rick santorum secretly talked about forming a massive ticket. what happened? big surprise. they couldn't agree on who was going to be president and who was going to be vice president. tonight, a great story of political mating and eventually cold feet. >>> plus it's hard for michelle obama, or michele bachmann to top herself and she's done it not once, but twice this week, including that obama care, love this word, is killing people. remember the death squads and death panels. she's back with them again. michele bachmann pants on fire fact check coming later in the show. let me talk about the fringe right to know even a smidgen of history. this is "hardball" the place for politics. omnipotent of opportu. you know how to mix business... with business. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the ais
that john boehner and others can't uphold this that the debt crisis is coming now or soon. if you go through what he said further, he said it is looming and coming. this is always the thing, with this spring of deficit hawk, there's always in some future the great crisis we need to fear. those that have said have been wrong, two years ago was supposed to be then. at least they're backing off it being so soon. that's eroding the underlying nature of the argument. >> does this help explain why they're doing nothing, the debt isn't a big deal? >> they a sequester, what more do they need. >> ezra klein gets the last word. >>> "the ed show" is next. >>> good evening, americans, welcome to "the ed show." i'm michael eric dyson. elizabeth warren takes a stand for working class americans. michele bachmann has seen the light on infrastructure and might be getting off the appalachain trail and heading back to washington and a southern pastor makes a radical stand for justice. but tonight, we start with the tenth anniversary of the ed show. let's get to work. the shock and awe campaign was launched aga
p.m. -- back here at 5:00 p.m. eastern. we have remi spencer and john bolton. back to andy levy for the post game wrap up. >> dennis, you got your book there with you? >> by shear chance. >> that worked out well. >> that was great. actually this explains -- i am self-conscious doing this, but this explains the great contest in the world. americanism, leftism and communism. it is the culmination of my life's work. >> be sure and check it out. >> i thought the great contest in the world was "the amazing race." i guess i was wrong. joe upcoming tour dates? >> yes. i am going on a major tour starting tomorrow. i will be at the house of comedy in minneapolis, minnesota april 4th through 7th and laughing skull in atlanta, georgia, recording my new album "you will die" and then a lot of dates after that. come out joe derosa comedy.com for info jie. "you will die" is the name of it? >> yes. >> sounds fitting. >> saying it to somebody else. >> oh i thought it was about your act. >> here we go. "the joy of hate." let's be hateful all the time, everybodiment it is so joyous around here. >>
said the war was illegal. nelson mandela called it a threat to peace. pope john paul ii said the war would not solve problems of man. jesse jackson called on peaceful people everywhere to march until the war was over. let us admire and respect the position of a former president, as well as the words from a future president, it was illinois state senator barack obama who said in 2002, i don't oppose all wars. what i am opposed to is a dumb war. this is a war that cost the lives of anywhere from 110,000 to 1 million civilians. today is not a day to cheer for success. but it is a day to remember those who fought hard to avoid the war's tragic consequences. get your cell phones out. >> michael moore was booed off the stage for denouncing the invasion of iraq. so much for these bleeding heart liberals in hollywood. let us not forget the response from around the globe. u.n. secretary annan said the war was illegal. nelson mandela called it a threat to peace. pope john paul ii said the war would not solve problems of man. jesse jackson called on peaceful people everywhere to march until the
, but he's turning it over to his new secretary of state. >> john kerry is very interested in pursuing this. they knows the region very well, and president obama said, fine -- in a way this trip -- this is an unusual trip in that president obama is advancing the secretary of state, who is here right now, but will be coming back pretty frequently, so president obama is not going to -- he's going to talk about the palestinian issue in his business speech tomorrow, i think, but bakley he's trying to set the stage to reset the relationship with israel, with its government in particular so that john kerry can come in and with new ideas and be received, better than some of obama's first-term ideas were received. so there is a point to this trip, but it's a building block trip. >>> jeff goldberg, thank you very much, as always. >> thank you. >>> and up next, in our "daily fix" who killed the senate assault weapons ban. >>> plus mark sanford survives round 1 in south carolina, and why is bill clinton getting involved in the kentucky democratic senate race against ashley judd? send me your thoughts
. secretary of state john kerry. martin fletcher is live for must tel aviv with more. martin, good to see you, sir. who is kerry planning on meeting with? >> reporter: well, hi, craig. he is going to be seeing the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyau this evening, having dinner together. i guess if president obama's visit here to try to turn things around was step one in that attempt, step two is a visit now of the secretary of state john kerry. he is going to be meeting with the prime minister. he met earlier in the day in jordan with the palestinian leader, mahmoud abbas. his talks are all going to be about how it put into action what president obama talked about, which was a renewed peace process between israeli and the palestinians. that's what his job is going to be. there is hope there will be serious negotiations in tweaks if the americans have their way. >> one of the key headlines from the trip is the diplomatic deal he broader between israel and turkey. how significant is this olive branch between the two countries? >> reporter: i think very significant, craig. very significant
committing to dish out three million. do you think it's a good idea for john boehner, eric cantor and kevin mccarthy whose names are on the court case from the house representing the house gop and the bipartisan legal counsel to continue this fight, $3 million of taxpayer money to oppose doma? >> well, look, this is a position of our party. but, you know, our point in the report, luke, is that, you know, when i was asked at the national press club i think one of the reporters asked me and he said are you still going to fund, you know, rob portman? my response is, of course we're going to help rob portman. he's a good conservative republican. my appointment, luke, i'm not going to get into this sort of back and forth with leadership, but what i will tell you is i think our party needs to have the attitude that if i disagree with you on one issue, it doesn't mean that you're a lousy republican. it means that you're a good republican. it means we agree on most issues and we need to unite our party. we can't build our party if we're going to cut out certain pieces and certain parts that we may
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that sees ted cruz take on john mccain. >> we had an eminent member of the republican party describe me as whacko bird. if standing for the constitution makes me a whacko bird, then count me a proud whacko bird. >> the kind of intraparty donnybrook featuring ann coulter versus ann coulter. here is what she said two years ago. >> if you don't run chris christie, romney will be the nominee. and lose. >> and here is ann coulter this weekend, landing one squarely on the jaw of the very same guy she once wanted to elect president. >> even cpac had to cut back on his speakers this year by about 300 pounds. i'm now a single-issue voter against amnesty. so christie's off my list. >> the next national election is still 596 days away. but there's no rest for republican party still duking it out. how long before a victor is declared? republican strategist mike murphy is not optimistic. predicting we will be stuck in an age of chaos and factional warlords for a while. the battle royale will be the 2015 presidential primary season. robert, you could hear dog wiss in the background during some of tho
minister netanyahu as well as secretary of state john kerry. he laid a wreath in the hall of remembrance then offered these thoughts. >> this accounting of horror is in the end a source of hope. for here we learn that we are never powerless. in our lives we always have choices. to seccumb to our worst instincts or to summon the better angels of our nature. >> the president made a quick trip to bethlehem to visit the church of the nativity with palestinian president mahmoud abbas and is now preparing to head to ahman, jordan. nbc's chuck todd traveled ahead of the president and joins me live now from there in ahman. chuck, i can only imagine the university of miami cheerleaders brought a smile to your face in amman, jordan. >> good morning. that was a great surprise. we're inside by the way. if you look behind me you can see it's a little dusty out there. there's been heavy winds almost like a sandstorm out here. it's actually something that prevented the president from choppering to bethlehem. instead he had to motorcade there. it's that type of windy day here. i say that because we coul
into line. and that's what happened this week when an ohio governor john kasich, who i like, changed his position on gay civil unions. let's watch what he said. >> made news with his position on gay marriage, changing it because of his son coming out. could you ever see a position, a time where you, yourself, might change your position? >> i really can't see one. i've talked to rob and encouraged him and, you know, if people want to have civil unions and have some way to transfer their resources, i'm for that. i just think marriage is between a man and a woman. but if you want to have a civil union, that's fine with me. >> twice he said it's okay to have a civil union. gay marriage and civil unions are no small matter in ohio. in 2004 a ballot measure during the general election amending the ohio constitution to outright ban civil unions was credited with energizing the evangelical vote tipping ohio in bush's favor, w's favor, and winning the election over john kerry. it was a huge issue in 2004 and it was a vote against gay marriage or civil unions after the governor there came out for
little to do with basketball! >> terrific stuff. >> he played basketball at johns hopkins and went into the business world and had a lot of success there and got himself into coaching and start this little school that wasn't eligible for post division play until a year and a half ago. >> the school is five miles from the red sox ballpark in ft. myers. >> is how you know it? >> i go past it on the way to the ballpark. beautiful campus on the ft. myers line and next to a great outlet place where they have every outlet store you could think of. >> that is why you go to spring training is for the outlet mall. then you see the university. >> the discount socks. >> mike takes you a layer deeper into the story. >> much more than you need to know. >> the outlet store. >> so if you had florida gulf coast state university, if you had wichita state, lasalle in the sweet 16 you air brilliant man and probably a liar! >> before we launch into this epic chapter of "morning joe," can you drive this thing? you have been gone a while. >> i've been out for a week and i think i got it under control. >
success. just ask john kerry. what was the problem for the debates? the number of them or the participants? one more takeaway from the report, if you can't beat them, join them. the report says this. quote, well-funded conservative groups should seek to hire activists to attract democratic incumbents and cameras with -- after learning the hard way what video cameras did to todd aiken, george allen, even many murdoch. republicans want to return the favor, clearly. while republicans try to rehabilitate the party's image they have a more fundamental problem to solve. all the process fixes in the world can't deal with the basic question. who are they? as the gop tries to solve this mini identity crisis, feuds are breaking out all over as people try to move around and box each other out to decide who gets to play this game. those divisions were on full display at this weekend's cpac convention as republicans argued about whether the gop needs to expand i wants appeal or reject moderation and return to conservative principles. and debated what exactly those core principles are. former alaska gov
we see. particularly in the senate, obviously. but even in the house. i think the speaker john boehner himself could make a deal with president obama that would include raising taxes. he would do that. the reason he won't do that, is he's afraid of being yellowstone thrown by eric cantor and kevin mccarthy and the tea party caucus and the problem is the republicans who sort of see sense on the budget, or could see sense on the budget, are held back by their own fear of their own radicals. >> what's amazing to me is that, joy, we talked about ryan budget, 2.0, now this is 3.0. there is this effort under way to rebrand the republican party that has been met with varying levels of success. >> right. >> and now they're talking about this as a way of preserving the social safety net. and i always, when i hear that, it's like -- you kind of have to be kidding, right? you may have a different fiscal goals, but don't tell me this is a way of preserving the social safety net. >> it's so funny you say that because i was thinking that i'm remembering the pretty thing sent up with all the
marriage big time. she really wantshat is going on. crowley and colmes will analyze. also tonight john stossel on what foods might be banned at public schools. your kids won't be happy. charles krauthammer on whether the tv news industry in america has collapsed. >> that's the way it is. >> bill: caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. will the federal government begin stealing our money? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. you may have heard that the small country of cyprus in the mediterranean totally broke. and one proposal from the cyprus government was to forcibly, forcibly take money out of personal bank accounts on the island, steal it from the folks. steal it to pay their bills. now the outcry was immediate and it will not happen but the lesson is important for americans. greece, italy, spain, portugal, island, now cyprus all broke. and other european nations are close. why? because they are nanny states. and they there are not enough workers to support
-tweeting a moving image from yoko ono a photo of john lennon's bloody glasses and the text over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the usa since john lennon was shot and killed on december 8, 1980. while that was happening on thursday congress was quietly passing its first gun-related measures since the sandy hook massacre and guess what? they were exactly the ones that the nra wanted. oh, yes. they came quietly,a tached to the continuing resolution that passed thursday to prevent a government shutdown and fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. six nra-backed measures to limit how federal agencies deal with guns. among them, preventing the department of justice from requiring gun owners to conduct an inventory to see if guns are lost or stolen. prohibiting data from criminal traces on guns, from being used in research to draw conclusions about firearms-related crime. the provisions have been in place for years, but now in this bill they've been made permanent. that's right. thus far, those are the only concrete gun measures that congress has enacted since 20 first grad
opinion in america is shifting on this issue. "the l.a. times" reports chief justice john roberts' lesbian cousin will not only be one of his invited guests but he's convinced roberts will rule in favor of same-sex marriage. will portman, son of republican senator rob portman, penned a beautiful essay for the yale "daily news" about what it's like to come out but to change your dad's mind on same-sex marriage in the process. people of the westboro baptist church, can't hide from the growing influence of the gay rights movement. directly across the street from their mission stands a gay rights center that's impossible to miss. in other words, the issue of gay rights is now literally at the doorstep of the people most opposed to it. joining us now, chad griffin, president of the human rights campaign, and jonathan capehart, opinion writer for the "washington post" and msnbc contributor. welcome to you both. >> hi, karen. >> thank you, karen. >> jonathan, i want to start with you. you wrote about this today and you said that the, quote, quasi triumphant coverage -- i do love how you turn a gr
members of his party including house speaker john boehner who is ruling out the prospect of any new taxes. >> i think, by the way, there is a chance on a deal. i know the president is saying the right things and we have an opportunity over the next four to five months. i think republicans, if they saw true entitlement reform would be glad to look at tax reform that generates additional rveevenues. that means closing loopholes and arranging our tax system so that we have economic growth. >> i don't know whether we can come to a big agreement. if we do, it will be between the two parties on capitol hill. the president got his tax hikes on january the 1st. the talk about raising revenue is over. it's time to deal with the spending problem. >> of course, the speaker is going to say that, but speaker has to say, as he is the leader of the republican house. this weekend confirmed what i said last week. a lot of people are saying no deal is in the works. they are moving closer together. the key point out of the john boehner interview was he was asked whether he could trust the president and his
woman. so i guess john boehner is now opposed to divorce. according to the "washington post" polling and historic high of 58% of americans believe same-sex marriage should be legal, but only 34% of republicans believe same-sex marriage should be legal. today politico published an informal survey of republicans when asked if his views had changed on same-sex marriage, retiring republican senator saxby chambliss said, "i'm not gay." which many of us had actually suspected already. senator lindsey graham resisted the saxby chambliss urge to reveal his sexual preference and instead said "i'm with south carolina. i believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman." the divorce rate, of course, in south carolina is zero. senator rand paul violated his libertarian principles in saying, "i believe in traditional, historic and the religious nature of marriage. marriage should remain a state issue." chris christie said something incomprehensible to the "new jersey star ledger." asked about ohio senator rod portman's decision this week to support same-sex marriage after his son reveale
guidelines or policy on drones. is this move part of that do you believe? >> yeah, i think it is. john brennan is now the cia director, has over the past year or two been leading an internal process inside the administration to try to set rules and guidelines and really a process for the drone program going forward, and it's known internally as -- it's called the play book, the idea that they are devising a set, basically of rules, and it will bring more logic to the drone program. >> bill: yeah. >> and this is coming out of that process. >> bill: well, it's interesting that -- that john brennan, the architect of our drone program, once he gets to the cia, the first thing he says is i want to get rid of this hot potato right? >> yeah. >> bill: on domestic drones who is in charge of overseeing the exploding use of domestic drones by government agencies and universities across the board? >> i don't know the answer to that. i was just the editor of the piece, but it is a good question. >> bill: it certainly is. but i think the answer is nobody knows. there are so many
. chief adviser john saying, i am troubled by the possibility of a condensed primary pros chess undoubtedly gives an advantage to an establishment backed candidates and the wealthiest candidates as well. how is the rnc going to be able to enforce some of these things they're talking about? >> and how much of a difference will it really make at the end of the day? >> i think it will make a great difference but i don't think it goes far enough. what the gop needs to do is water down the fringe influence. the gop needs to set up a primary process where kristine o'don won't defeat mike kassel in delaware to go on and lose the general election. i think what the party should be doing is taking a long hard look at open primaries. because craig, there has been an absolute exodus of independent-types from the gop who are sitting out there and available to select more mainstream candidates if only they were allowed to vote in a primary process. the narrowing of the gop is such now that whoever is most to the right has a distinct advantage in a primary, even if they could never win a gener
for the republicans to do, he embraced it. you can imagine that john boehner, mitch mcconnell and other party leaders are really happy with this. >> it gives him good cover. >> absolutely and a lot of members good cover. to your point, does it open up some room to the right? you know, for a niche candidate, yes. but overall i'm not sure that there's a lot of room to rand paul's right. that's not necessarily enough of an issue i think for a foothold. >> and chris, we know that rand paul is going to head to iowa very soon for the dinner. he's obviously putting himself front and center on the 2016 stage with this type of announcement. >> yeah, no question, luke. and what's interesting about this is people forget the influence that ron paul's campaign actually had, his dad's campaign, actually had on the process. which is no, ron paul didn't win any states and no, he was never sort of a serious top-tier contender for the presidency. but what he did do was ron paul ak lite ako lights are taken over a lot of state parties, iowa is one of them. aj spiker, the chairman of the iowa republican party, very much
24 or so hours here in jordan. and while the president leaves secretary of state john kerry, alex, it's worth noting is going to stay behind, he has meetings scheduled today here in jordan with the head of the palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas. and then he returns to israel a little bit later, where he'll be meeting for dinner with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. just one more indication of the commitment of this administration to try to really revive the peace talks in this region. >> let's hope something fruitful comes from that. thank you very much peter alexander in amman, jordan. >>> the president also focused on gun control today in his weekly address this morning. he's urging congress to hold a vote on several proposed measures which include making it harder for criminals and people with severe mental illness from getting their hands on guns. and reinstating a ban on military-style assault weapons. >> -- shouldn't be controversial. they're commonsense. they're supported by a majority of the american people. and i urge the senate and the house to give each of them a vote.
're willing to compromise, house speaker john boehner doesn't seem ready for a grand bargain. adam shift joins me in about five minutes to talk about that. >>> the island of cypress is making international waves. jackie is here. jackie, small island but big waves here? >> that's absolutely right. hi, richard. for one, europe had fallen off the radar for a long time and that's why this is getting so many attention. a lot of the reason that the dow had made this record run is because investors were hoping that europe's debt crisis was resolved. with respect to cyprus specifically, e.u. has proposed a deal as part of the country's bailout. this marks the first time a european country is calling on its depositors to keep it afloat. it's also sparking concerns about a run on the banks in europe. because if depositors in other countries start to panic about a possible tax, they try to withdraw their funds you could see big problems for european banks. >> maybe this might help in a small way. talk about a billion-dollar business and that's college ball. >> that's exactly right. total ad revenue for t
is all cigarettes. >> bill: john is calling from chicago. what do you think? >> bill: they should just actually hide the politicians and we'll be all right. >> bill: put them behind the curtain. >> caller: yeah, and they just should have a voting thing and people just vote in and that's it. and the imagine yourty wins and that's it. we don't need politicians. but these guys are just nitpicking just to push big laws, and then you are occupied with this other garbage and it makes no sense. if people are going to smoke, they are going to smoke anyway. it doesn't matter. it's like holding alcohol from kids, they are still going to be drunk. by the time they are 21 they are already drunk. >> bill: all right. we got it john. skeptical about any laws whatsoever. i think sometimes people believe the purpose of getting elected is to pass new laws. i have often thought maybe the purpose should be to get rid of some of the laws that we have. so i'm always skeptical about that. but at the same time with mayor bloomberg, it does seem that he's just on this kick right? that he is
levin and john mccain are calling on the white house to take more active steps to force syria's president from power. the leaders of the arms service committee suggest using precision air strikes to target the military's aircraft without putting american troops on the ground. >>> harry reid made it clear that the senate's gun control bill will include provisions that would expand background checks to private gun sales. reid plans to bring the bill to the floor next month. he said he is hopeful that a bipartisan compromise can be reached on background checks. reid also called for amendments on banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines after those measures were left out of the final bill. the proposals in the senate may not be enough for joe biden. in an appearance with michael bloomberg yesterday, he invoked the memories of the newtown shooting and implored lawmakers to ban assault weapons. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautif
john kerry made a surprise visit to baghdad earlier today where he spoke to prime minister nuri al maliki. secretary kerry is now in amman, jordan, and so is chief foreign affairs correspondents andrea mitchell, traveling with the secretary of state. she joins us by phone now. andrea, what did secretary kerry accomplish with this trip to baghdad? >> reporter: well, it was a very tough trip and a tough message, because we went to baghdad, a quick visit. surprise, under tight security and secrecy, for obvious reasons, because ten years ar the war, there still are terror attacks. last week, when dozens were killed in baghdad. he was in a secure place in the embassy and then visiting prime minister maliki and the speaker of the parliament in iraq in their residences, but his message to mallski that the maliki government is permits iran to send weapons and fighters, overflight, loaded with weapons and fighters, to prop up assad in syria and that this is something that americans and the congress, that the administration, cannot understand or tolerate, and as kerry told us afterwards, it
and republicans have struggled to find the balance on america's overseas. john mccain advocating far more aggressive stances in places like syria while rand paul, a potential 2016 candidate is calling for the opposite. >> i would argue that a more restrained policy is the true conservative foreign policy as it includes two tenants of true conservatism. respect and fiscal discipline. instead of large land wars, we would, when necessary, target our enemy and strike with lethal force. >> when it comes to watching change shift, think about national security. national security was at the heart and soul of the republican party at least for about a generation and a half and democrats owned the national security issue for years. republican his to rely on general in order to gain credibility on foreign policy issues in the 50s. it took the vietnam war and then the iran hostage situation for democrats to lose that. republicans and bush and iraq lost that and it hurt the party and still hasn't recovered ever since. lots of people lost lives. the political impact is something that history should not
. then you have john kasich who announced his support and then says he didn't really mean it. if the high court declares it unconstitutional, what does it mean for other states that are debating the issue. >> we've made the broad case because we think it's the right thing for the court to do. california's proposition 8 hurts couples like our plaintiffs like chris and sandy and paul and jeff. but they're really an example of millions of other americans across their country in many other states that are also being harmed by discriminatory bans on marriage like proposition 8. >> you know, this month, just a parade of people and organizations have. could out supporting the same sex marriage. but the heritage foundation released a report that said there is no ban on same sex marriage. what is at issue is whether the government will recognize such relationships as marriages and force every citizen and house of worship and business to do so as well. americans have the right to live as they choose but they do not have the right to redefine marriage for everyone else. so is this movement for same
it an autopsy but yesterday ohio republican governor john casey did come out for civil unions. listen. >> if people want to have civil unions and have some way to transfer the resources, i'm for that. i just think that marriage is between a man and a woman and if you want to have a civil union, that's fine with me. >> so it's like a step, half a step, and then going backwards. so your moral position is it's all right to shack up but you can't marry. >> right. there's two things that really irritate me. one is the idea that voters of color in particular are more interested in style than in substance, that we can be won over and historically have been won over, just because of the radio show or because they visited historically black college. so i'm with e.j. on the one hand, i'm much rather have parties not ignores whole segments of the population but not ignoring doesn't mean showing up and doing a political blackface. it means actually engaging with communities about what kinds of economic, social, political efforts would in fact make a difference and i think we see the same thing. l
and other gay people. but this is an issue where the republican party is going to drag its heels. john boehner feels like it's a good idea to come out and say, i wouldn't support gay marriage even if i had a gay son which is so unbelievable. >> let's get a response to that. i think that's interesting. is it becoming partisan? meaning that you expect the republicans will not change their platform between now and then, next time, for president? >> no. i actually am optimistic they will, chris. in fact, the postmortem that came out today from the republican party mentioned four times that they have got to start including gay people in the party platform. >> wait a minute. what are the words? the words matter. what do you mean, including them in the platform? >> they said that they're -- oh, that's right, no, the platform actually is terrible, as it relates to lgbt people, but the report that came out today used the position that they have against lgbt people as one of the reasons why they did so poorly this past election. >> therefore? >> it has to be followed up with actual action. >> i
thing, we have house speaker john boehner and the republican senator rand paul. they have differing views on whether we're truly in a debt crisis at this moment or not. take a listen. >> we do not have an immediate debt crisis. but we all know that we have one looming. >> we do have an immediate problem. it's gathering storm. it's going to be enormous. >> all right. gathering storm. it's going to be enormous. how come there is such a disparity among republicans not being on the same page of whether we're in a debt crisis or not? >> well, i think you could look at $16 trillion worth of debt and while it may not be a crisis today, it is definitely a problem and rand paul is right. it is looming and it is going to be an enormous deal because if you stayed with the president's budget, the path that it puts you on is by 2022 you're going to have $25 trillion worth of debt. and what we are saying and what speaker boehner is saying is we still have time to manage through this so that it does not get away from us. managing through it means that we stop the out of control spending. that we s
or greater action or some action. john mccain and lindsey graham wrote a letter saling if today's reports are accurate, we would urge immediate action to encourage the consequences he has promised. to what degree do you think that would be a point of discussion? >> well, absolutely. i think again this is another place where the interests of both countries really line up. there is no one who has an interest in watching the syrian situation continue to deteriorate to the point where it's a sectarian 1i68 war and some of these weapons get out of control and into actual use. this is clearly a red line for the international community, but the question is what is the strategies available, what are the actual options for, you know, for action, the president and much of his team thus far has drawn a line at providing civilian and medical and other humanitarian assistance. can you actually intervene militarily in an effective marine without the assistance going into the wrong hands? who are the good guys? who ared bad guys? it's a difficult situation, but the interests of both parties are the same
brain surgeon right now at johns hopkins. he's retiring. >> alisyn: in 102 days. he's really counting down. obviously he loved his stellar career, which has been wonderful. but i think he's looking forward to the next chapter. >> brian: he does think the president, he indicates the president is trying the country. >> alisyn: the policies are. he hasn't had any personal attacks, but he doesn't like the policies. >> steve: he does not. meanwhile, we've got another fox news alert for you. president obama landing in israel within the last hour or so for his first visit there as president. his first trip of the second term internationally. there is a full schedule on tap. leeland vittert is live right now. good morning to you. >> good morning. this trip is clearly about imagery, about rebuilding the relationship not only between the united states and israel, proving it's an unbreakable bond, but also trying to work on the relationship between president obama and prime minister netanyahu, which is notoriously frosty, even frigid. you saw that at play as they were down there walking along th
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